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Thermopylae: The Battle for the West Kindle Edition

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Ancient Warfare, Vol VII, Issue 5 "Accessible to a wider audience."

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Ernie Bradford served in the Royal Navy during World War II. His many books include The Great Siege, Ulysses Found, The Shield and the Sword, Paul the Traveler, and The Sultan's Admiral.

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  • File Size: 675 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd.; 1 edition (13 Nov. 2013)
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  • Language: English
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Bugs on 17 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I had read elsewhere of how important the Graeco-Persian wars were to western civilisation, but had no real idea why. This
rather good book starts to answer that question. The individual
Greeks,not just the city-states or their leaders, were fighting
for a concept- the freedom and value of a man himself to make his
own destiny. The centralised autocratic Persian edifice was the
antithesis of this.These wars actually decided the future of the
world,splitting it into two cultures. Thermopylae was one of the
key battles but not the decisive one.
The book really deals with the whole second Persian invasion,the
eponymous battle acting as a fulcrum.It is gripping,knowedgeable
and informative.A supposed historical bias towards the Greeks is
redressed with the Persian culture getting a fair telling.It raises many interesting issues quite simply,obviously intended by Ernle Bradford to be elaborated upon in other books.In so doing he has achieved his aim.Anyone who reads "Thermopylae" will seek further, appetite whetted.
Small points detract:as usual,the maps deserve to be better and
more numerous;the battles should be shown with formations and
lines of movement,and diagrams(hoplite armour,Hellespont bridge
etc.)would help.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable book which I would defy any non-
scholar to stop before the end.I highly recommend it.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 July 1999
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This book offers the reader an enjoyable and interesting narrative of that most famous battle at Thermopylae. The author makes it clear that its not going to be a in-depth account but more of an overview of the battle and the Persian campaign against the Greek City States. If you are looking for a more detailed and scholarly book I would suggest Peter Green's book titled 'The Greco-Persian Wars'. Overall, bearing in mind that this book was published in 1980, this is a decent book covering Thermopylae and how the Spartan's fought and why. It made me want to go and hire the old classic video of the 300! Well worth the time to sit down and read.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By on 27 Oct. 2001
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Ernie Bradford attempts to cover the Persian campaign up to and including the aftermath of Salamis but does so in a rather subjective way, where his opinions seem to account for more than historical facts. He does not spend enough time on the actual battle at Thermopylae nor on the central characters but he has a great regard for the Persians and Xerxes himself, something classically educated readers may be missing with their Grrek and Roman bias. The author's enthusiasm comes across well but his knowledge of sailing in the Aegean can become a bit wearing as it is referred to rather too often.
Overall an enjoyable read which stimulated me to seek further more scholarly works on this subject
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amazon customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 13 Sept. 2015
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The perfect companion for all military history enthusiasts is THE ROMA VICTRIX WINE BEAKER Calix Imperium, Roma Victrix Pewter wine beaker

This book is a good complement to The Greco-Persian Wars by Peter Green (touchstone problems and Gates of Fire which I read last year.
The book does not focus on Thermopylae as much as the title would suggest. It tells the full story of Xerxes invasion of Greece and does so very well.

One point well made about the battle of Thermopylae is the effect it had in uniting the Greeks as a group against the Persians. It should be noted that the Persians included all of the nations of the east from Asia Minor down to Egypt and across the fertile crescent to the eastern edge of present day Afghanistan and the Indus river. That is a big part of the world and it was all united under Xerxes against Greece. Greece on the other hand was not united at all and many of the kingdoms and city-states joined Xerxes seeing him as the eventual victor.

Athens and Sparta were the prime powers who opposed Persia and they did not function well as allies.
The war had three phases. The northern phase consisted of the Battle of Thermopylae and the naval battle of Artemisium. In the naval battle the Persians were also victims of the weather and Greece's rocky coast. The Persian navy greatly outnumbered the Greeks but lost a good one-third of their ships to the weather. In the main naval battle the Greeks held their own, much to the surprise of the Persians.

Contrary to popular belief there was a total of 7,000 Greek hoplites at Thermopylae of whom only 300 were Spartans.
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By Top Cat on 7 Aug. 2009
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After having seen a programme on the History channel about the last stand of the 300 with, of course, their native compatriots at Thermopylae, I thought I'd like to read up on the subject. In a nutshell this book gives a good account of background events leading up to Thermopylae and of what happened afterwards, all the way up to the battle of Plataea (the Persians eventually getting kicked out of Greece for good at this point) but, for me, I was after something that dealt with what happened at Thermopylae in particular rather than the wider picture. Nevertheless, a good book which will give the reader a good understanding of the subject. However, I did, at times, begin to get slightly confused as to which side the various peoples identified(Thebans, Thespians, Carthanigians etc.) were on. My second book on the subject, "Hot Gates" by Stephen Pressfield, is on order. Thermopylae - a fascinating subject.
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